Zee Media Bureau
Kanpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said the Samajwadi Party is supporting the Congress-led government at the Centre only to keep the communal forces at bay; while his father, SP supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav said that those spreading communal strife in the state will be given a befitting reply by the government.
Akhilesh said it was the SP which was at the forefront in protesting against several corruption cases, including the 2G and Coal scam, during the second tenure of the UPA.
The Samajwadi Party played a major role in the constitution of the Joint Parliamentary Commission (JPC) in the 2G scam, he said.
Taking a dig at media surveys which have shown BJP leading in the state, the chief minister claimed his party would be the largest after the polls.
When asked about the formation of a Third Front, he said it would emerge as a powerful bloc after the Lok Sabha polls, adding that the front is already working in several states including Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Bihar.
Criticising the BJP, he said that the saffron party doesn`t want development, it only uses it as tool to grab power.
Asked about the BJP`s claim of Narendra Modi wave sweeping the country and of winning 60 seats in UP, Yadav said people know that the BJP wants to win polls on communal issues and the SP has always fought these forces.
"Today, it`s very easy to be communal but very difficult to remain secular. Samajwadi Party knows how to fight these communal forces," he said after the inauguration of the high-tech police control room in Kanpur.
The chief minister said that the people vote the party to power which works for development and Samajwadi Party has fulfilled all its promises made in the party manifesto.
He further said that people will vote SP because of its welfare schemes including the laptop distribution scheme.
The new building has been allocated to the NGT after the intervention of the apex court which last year had directed the government to shift the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which was occupying the premises.
The NHRC was expected to shift to its own building in January, but it moved only recently and the delay resulted in prolonging NGT`s wait for a new office.
The infrastructure and accommodation issues faced by the tribunal members- judicial and expert- and the staff as well as setting up of additional benches have been closely monitored by the apex court whose active involvement and warnings to the government is responsible for setting up of three additional benches at Chennai, Bhopal and Pune apart from the Principal Bench at Delhi.
The Pune bench began functioning from August 8 after several warnings from the apex court which had directed that it be made functional from August 1.
Kolkata is yet to get a bench as the West Bengal government has not satisfied the NGT or the apex court with the accommodation and infrastructure arrangements made by it.
The apex court has already warned the state that if it does not provide satisfactory arrangements, the bench would be shifted to either Ranchi or Guwahati.
’Will give befitting reply to those spreading hatred’
In the backdrop of VHP`s rally, Mulayam said those spreading "fire of hatred" will never succeed and the government will give a befitting reply to them.
"Some people are making efforts to disturb brotherhood in the state. They are conspiring to vitiate the atmosphere," Mulayam said here.
The former UP chief minister was addressing a function on the occasion of 89th birthday of senior Congress leader ND Tiwari.
"We are alert now. Those spreading fire of hatred will not succeed. We will give such a befitting reply that they will never dare to conspire," he added.
Mulayam claimed that all opposition parties were wary of the increasing popularity of SP and all sections of the society were with the party.
"I will ask government to give employment to the youths. The government is doing a good job. We have to take resolve to go among the people," he said.
He said that today farmers were helpless and the youths were unemployed. "A lot has to be done, there is a big challenge before the country," he said.
With PTI Inputs